Kamikabe's first song, I realized that I haven't heard anything this fast and technical since I moved to Malaysia, where old school is the norm (and has gotten really, well, old). Even if they don't currently have a bass player, one is hardly missed. There's a debt to the likes of Cryptopsy and mighty Origin in their razor sharp guitarwork and tricky time signatures, as well as a certain deathcore-ness; but since it's the unrelenting Red Chord kind and not the silly Winds of Plague kind, all is forgiven. Besides, when the blasts are this fast you won't hear me complaining. Somewhere in that unreadable logo is a name to remember.
is becoming a hotbed for death metal. Decrepit Birth call the place their hometown; Inanimate Existence are probably on their way to being just as recognized. Almost in rebuttal to the choppy morse code rhythms of thrash, the faster they play it seems the slower their songs get. Or maybe they succeeded in making time move backwards with their strange convoluted riffs. Either way, the whole thing sounds like an underwater car crash - in a good way.
Their stage presence was just as gonzo. Grinning from ear to ear, they seemed downright giddy in playing their own music. Maybe they were stoked to finally tour the US; maybe they just love their own material that much. Either way, their enthusiasm was infectious, and it wasn't long before something resembling a pit was in progress (or at least a couple drunk guys tried to make one happen while the rest of us were content to headbang in place). It was all over sooner than I'd hoped, and calls for one more song went sadly unheeded - the city that never sleeps has stricter noise curfews than most, I guess. But the whole night was a needed reminder that there's more to death metal than simply rehashing Altars of Madness. I can't wait to take that news back to Malaysia with me.
Dreams of Consciousness is on Facebook, saying more even mean things about the old school bandwagon.